Archive for September, 2010

Study: Stereotypes Impact on Women’s Career Choices

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A new study is being launched to determine whether the stereotype that women lack an innate ability to succeed in scientific careers impacts their drive to enter the field, according to a recent article. The findings could help provide insight on how the nation can both target workforce shortages and close persistent gender gaps in those critical careers.

The National Science Foundation awarded $312,000 over the next three years to investigate the issue. Eric Deemer a professor of psychology in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education; and Jessi Smith, professor of psychology at Montana State University will lead the study.  The study, The Mediating Role of Stereotype Threat and Achievement Goals in the Regulation of Scientific Motivation, will include interviews of 2,500 students.

“Women are often subjected by others to the stereotypical belief that they are incapable of being scientists,” said Deemer, in a science news article.

The findings are expected to lead to recommendations pedagogical practices and career intervention strategies.

By Erin in Research

Students Create Award-Winning Video that Highlights Career Technical Education

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Jesse Chiem and Nathan O’Meara, students of Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver, Washington, designed a video that won a Gold Medal at the SkillsUSA 2010 National Championship Event under the Video Product Development category. Fort Vancouver High School programs highlighted include: culinary arts, welding, video production, horticulture, medical magnet, fashion marketing, graphic design, and entrepreneurship.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit career technical student organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

See video:

By Ramona in News

Oracle Education Foundation ThinkQuest Program Challenges Students Globally to Think, Create, and Innovate

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Oracle Education Foundation ThinkQuest program ThinkQuest International Competition offers an opportunity for career technical education (CTE) students to solve real-world problems by applying their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills in three competitive areas:

There is no cost to participate in the competition, and because all teams that submit a completed entry are eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation from the Oracle Education Foundation, the Certificate can be used as proof of student achievement of a certain skill. 

The event is open to students at the secondary school, college, or university levels. College and university students are eligible to participate in the Digital Media and Application Development events only. Judges will evaluate entries for critical thinking, communication, and technology skills, integral to CTE student development. For more information, contact Denise Hobbs, Oracle Senior Marketing Manager,  at 505-255-2219.

By Ramona in News

College Education Pays in Many Ways

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Education Pays

At a time when President Obama has set a goal of the United States leading the world in college completion by 2020, a new report details the financial and non-monetary benefits of obtaining a postsecondary degree. The third installment of the College Board’s “Education Pays” series, Education Pays 2010: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society, found that those who attended college (whether they graduated or not), earned more than high school graduates who did not attend college, and that college graduates were more likely to be employed. Among the report’s other findings:

The report also examines participation and success trends in higher education, finding that enrollment gaps persist across racial and socioeconomic groups. Another interesting participation statistic was that approximately 40 percent of dependent undergraduate students whose families made less than $40,000 a year enrolled in public two-year colleges in 2007-08, and eight percent enrolled in for-profit institutions. Meanwhile, 17 percent of undergraduate students whose parents made at least $120,000 a year enrolled in public two-year colleges, and only one percent attended for-profit institutions.

By Nancy in Public Policy
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Register for Two NASDCTEc Webinars That Share CTE Trends and Highlight Partnerships

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Register NOW for two exciting webinars from NASDCTEc.

 September Webinar Title: A Look Inside: A Synopsis of CTE Trends  – Analysis of State CTE Data and Initiatives

When: September 29 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1 hour)

Career Technical Education (CTE) is growing in variety of ways. Hear highlights from the NASDCTEc staff about the recent trends seen in CTE governance, teacher shortages, funding and Career Clusters implementation. It is crucial for members and the CTE community to be aware of these changes and work together to improve CTE programs and initiatives. Each one of these issues plays a critical role in the success and expansion of CTE. Register NOW  (Please click the Register link on the page. Registrants will receive an e-mail confirmation.)

 October Webinar Title: Bridging Education and the Economy

When: October 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (1 hour)

 In an effort to close the skills gaps within our economy, businesses are teaming up with high schools and community colleges to create rigorous career technical education (CTE) programs that respond to the needs of the labor market. NOVA Community College and State Farm Insurance are two examples of how these partnerships can help meet the demands of the labor market by creating students that are college and career ready.

 Register NOW  (Please click the Register link on the page. Registrants will receive an e-mail confirmation.)

 Accompanying this webinar is a new issue brief, Career Technical Education and Business Partners: Bridging Education and the Economy, which spotlights NOVA Community College and State Farm Insurance – two exemplary examples of education-employer partnerships within the career technical education (CTE) community. This issue brief is the second of a five-part series reflecting our association’s vision for CTE in preparing all students to enter into the global economy. Business and industry partnerships represent one of the overarching themes within the five core principles of our vision for CTE.

 If you have comments or questions about these webinars, please contact Warren Zentz, NASDCTEc Research and Policy Assistant at 301-588-9630 or

By Ramona in Research, Webinars
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Department of Education Launches TEACH Campaign

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Over the course of the next 10 years, America will need to fill as many as 1.8 million teaching positions. The Department of Education projects that up to a quarter of current teachers will leave the profession in the next few years, many due to retirement. In an effort to fill these positions, the Department of Education has announced the TEACH Campaign – a recruitment campaign aimed at increasing the number, quality and diversity of people seeking to become teachers, and to raise the profile of the teaching profession. As part of this campaign, the Department has also unveiled a new website,, which they describe as “a revolutionary new website dedicated to providing information, testimonials, and resources for students and prospective teachers – including a new interactive ‘path to teaching’ tool designed to help individuals chart their course to becoming a teacher.”

By Nancy in News, Public Policy
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Legislative Update: Linked Learning, Green Workforce Development, Republican Pledge to America

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Linked Learning Pathways to College, Career, and Citizenship Success Act

On September 22, Rep. Judy Chu (CA) introduced H.R. 6174, the Linked Learning Pathways to College, Career, and Citizenship Success Act, along with co-sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee (CA). The bill is aimed at preparing students for college and careers through the Linked Learning, or multiple pathways, approach. More specifically, the bill would award grants to school districts in partnership with local stakeholders, including businesses, unions, parent organizations, and other community members. At the district level, grants would be used for planning and implementation of a system of pathway schools around career themes designated as high pay, high growth, and high skill industries. At the school level, students would be exposed to four components: a rigorous academic core aligned to the state’s postsecondary requirements; career technical education; work-based learning, and supplemental services.

Green Workforce Development Through Community Colleges Act

Rep. Paul Tonko (NY) introduced H.R. 6142, the Green Workforce Development Through Community Colleges Act, which gives authority to the Secretaries of Labor, Energy and Education to jointly develop a workforce training and education program to prepare workers for careers in alternative energy and energy efficiency industries. The bill would award grants to community colleges to reach this goal.

Republican “Pledge to America”

Yesterday, Congressional Republicans issued their election policy platform, “A Pledge to America.” Education issues are not mentioned, but the document does include a plan to create jobs and make America more competitive if Republicans take control of the Congress in November. Their plan would include ending all tax increases, giving tax deductions to small businesses and repealing mandates that harm small businesses. The pledge also outlined a plan to cut spending by reducing discretionary spending to FY 2008 levels, rescinding unused ARRA funds, imposing hard caps on discretionary spending and sunsetting outdated and duplicative programs.

By Nancy in Legislation, Public Policy
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CCSSO Accepting Public Comments for Model Core Teaching Standards

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently released new core teaching standards that “outline what teachers should know and be able to do to help all students reach the goal of being college and career ready in today’s world.” CCSSO is inviting the education community and the public at large to submit comments until October 15, 2010.

To review the document, please go to You can submit your comments through a survey, here: We encourage you to distribute the standards and the survey to the networks of educators and teacher preparation programs in your state.

If your state is interested in hosting a focus group to provide input on the standards, please contact Kathleen Paliokas, at CCSSO by email at

By Nancy in News, Public Policy
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United States Drops in Global Ranking

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Global Competitiveness ReportThe United States fell two spots to fourth position in The Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011. The shortcoming brings the United States behind Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore; and places further pressure on the nation to recover from its downward trend.

While there are a range of components that allow the United States economy to remain “extremely productive, a number of escalating weaknesses have lowered the U.S. ranking over the past two years,” according to the report. Growing public debt, lack of trust in politicians, and diminished corporate ethics were among the weaknesses of the United States.

Rankings 2010-11
1   Switzerland
2   Sweden
3   Singapore
4   United States
5   Germany
6   Japan
7   Finland
8   Netherlands
9   Denmark
10 Canada

The report provides a range of assessments and recommendations, including a Global Competitiveness Index that ranks 139 countries on 12 pillars of competitiveness:

The report did credit U.S. companies for “being highly sophisticated and innovative, supported by an excellent university system that collaborates strongly with the business sector in R&D.” The size of the U.S. domestic economy – the largest in the world – still allows the nation to remain competitive, the report added.

How the nation will respond to its strengths and leverage its weaknesses will be seen in the future.

By Erin in News, Publications, Research
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Seeking Teachers to Participate in a National Field Test of Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Curriculum Materials

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The U.S. Department of transportation would like to work cooperatively with the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTEc) to field test newly developed careers in transportation lessons plans for grades 6-12. 

Over 400 lesson plans for grades 6-12 have been developed to introduce students to careers, skills, and concepts one would need to succeed in the transportation industry.  State departments of education and universities in Texas, New York, Virginia, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma have led this effort.  The lesson plans address the national transportation cluster knowledge and skills and national/state academic standards.  These new materials enable teachers to expand, enhance and reinforce academic content and as a result, improve transportation cluster knowledge and skills as well as academic achievement.

The initiative is seeking teachers at either the junior high or high school level who would be interested in testing the materials during the current school year. A small stipend is provided for each lesson tested.   An information sheet about the field test which could be sent on to teachers in each state is available.  

For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Frances Beauman, Project Director, at 217/725-1140 or  For additional information please visit the project web site at

By Ramona in Career Clusters®